Ashley Madison is more than hacked

After three suicides resulted from the recent revelation that the account records of this much publicized extra-marital affair sight was hacked and the information exposed, it might be time to set the record straight.

It’s well known by most that the computer dating industry is filled with fraud, deceit, theft of every kind and just plain indecency.

It might be true that there are some sights which have attempted to maintain a high standard of integrity, decency and security in helping people find a mate such as eHarmony, Christian Mingles, and Plenty of Fish but the reality is that most sights are made up of imposters and often sell their information from unwilling participants to the porn and prostitution industry.

Identity theft is just a small part of what these sights do but it’s also a large part of who they are; their appeal, notoriety and wealth dependents on it.

The recent hack, hostage and black mail by the “Impact Team” of the Ashley Madison sight

has simply brought to light facts well known by law enforcement, the porn, internet and many other communication and security industries.

The internet is wonderful and it provides instant information and communication but almost anyone with a computer can create a sight, web page or social media sight from which they can say anything and claim it’s true.

The new adage of our time, “If it’s on the internet, it’s got to be true” is certainly not just facetious but one of the greatest understatements ever.

The ironies of ironies is that Ashley Madison which claims over thirty nine million customers appears to have possibly been a fake sight made up of mostly names and faces that weren’t even real including many of the so called male accounts.

So this real sight, owned by a real company Avid Life Media, made up of a suggestively false product, lured in real men (basically playing a “con game”) who then get hacked, black mailed and their sight held hostage.

The reality however, is although 90 to 95% of the members are male, many of the male (and female) accounts weren’t real at all as many people are now coming forward claiming they never visited the site and never opened an account.

Of the claimed thirty nine million members, according to the “Impact Team” (hackers), only a few thousand female members are listed and most are fictitious.

Even the hackers (aka “Impact Team”) in discussing the so called accounts they hacked admit, "Find someone you know in here (i.e. the hacked account list)? Keep in mind the site is a s am with thousands of fake female profiles," said the post. "Chances are your man signed up on the world's biggest affair site, but never had one. He just tried to, if that distinction matters."

The key words which actually diminish the hacker’s power are: “a scam with thousands of fake female profiles” and “but (he) never had one”.

In other words there were most probably NO real women and NO real affairs.

The hackers are obviously trying to make more of their hack of Ashley Madison than what is actually there.

It’s true the names, emails and faces might have been real enough but these poor souls (on the hacked list) might not have opened the account.

Those who know the fine art of hacking claim that anyone using a public email service and/or a social network service with a public photo could have numerous accounts or memberships in any number of organizations without their knowledge.

Apparently a vast number of hackers operating under the guise of legal consulting groups steal names, emails and photos and then in turn sell this information to dating services, the porn industry, auto manufacturers and dealers, insurance companies and even many senior adult discount services.

If you’ve ever wondered why you get annoying or embarrassing emails, that’s the reason why; your email address was stolen added to a mailing list and sold.

The bad news for many (especially men), is that if your curiosity got the best of you and you happened to have opened the email, then bam, they’ve got you; even if you didn’t open an account, the computer might have opened one for you.

According to the "Impact Team," they said they would release "profiles with all the customers' secret sexual fantasies and matching credit card transactions, real names and addresses, and employee documents and emails".

If what is said here is true, then (according to the hackers) those who never used a credit card are technically not valid customers and have little to be concerned about.

A cyber security expert out of Norway seems to reinforce the idea that only those who used a credit card are listed saying, ”The credit card numbers listed in the data dump are valid, and many are still active”.